Cisco has redesigned the Android operating system to make a tablet that also works as a desktop computer—but it takes some control away from users.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
Tom Simonite's Stories
Voice-driven search is a futuristic idea, and may take some getting used to.
A startup's wireless technology sends low-bandwidth signals over long distances, even underground.
Paying someone to try to hack your systems can help you ready defenses against real attacks.
The latest Android tablets and Chromebooks suggest different "post-PC" worlds, both more complicated than the one Apple is going for.
Only a few handsets contain contactless payment chips, but many more devices could use sounds to achieve the same purpose.
An alleged robbery suggests Bitcoin—an anonymous, decentralized currency—may need bank-like institutions after all.
The Chrome browser will soon silently fetch pages as you scan search results so that they load without delay.
A prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory can outperform an off-the-shelf flash hard disk .
A push to add meaning to Web pages to aid search could also enable other kinds of intelligent web apps.